We gather to shift focus We dance to create anew New forms, new faces Bodies not new, but unique A re/thinking forward We build on dreams Weaving Black creative expression Teaching Black creative tradition Inspiring direction Toward authentic depiction From past we are birthed Into present we move This collaboration we offer Our work, our art
Original poetry by Ryan Sinclaire Davis
The Black Iris Project held its debut season on July 27 & 28, 2016 at New York Live Arts in New York City. Three original ballet works rooted in Black history were featured, highlighting a cast of predominantly Black dancers from world-class ballet companies. Most recently, The BIP was personally invited by American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer, Misty Copeland to perform MADIBA, a new ballet tracing the journey of Nelson Mandela, at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Ballet Across America festival.